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Jones & Charles: Double Pronged Rushing Attack Drives Chiefs

Jamaal Charles is the future of the Kansas City ChiefsJamaal Charles is the future of the Kansas City ChiefsHeading into Week 5, the Kansas City Chiefs are the NFL’s only unbeaten team at 3-0. It’s surprising, to say the least, for a team that sported a losing record the past three seasons. Part of the reason for the Chiefs’ early success is their running game. Kansas City is third in the NFL, averaging 160.7 running yards per game. And the major reason for that stat is the dual-pronged rushing attack provided by running backs Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones.

Charles is the team’s leading rusher, averaging seven yards per carry for a total of 238 yards, but Kansas City is more inclined to put the ball in Jones’s hands, who has 52 carries compared to Charles’ 34. Jones has accumulated over 200 yards along the ground as well.

Not many teams get the luxury of two potent running backs driving the ball, so it’s no wonder that Kansas City is in the hunt for an AFC title even with the 27th ranked passing offense in the league. The Chiefs are getting it done in 2010 with running and defense.

At 23, Charles is the future of the Chiefs. Kansas City drafted the former Texas Longhorn in the third round of the 2008 draft. While at the University of Texas, Charles also ran track and was a four-time All-American. But naturally, he put his skills to greatest and most lucrative use on the football field.

With hard work and the ability to exploit his natural talents, Charles has worked his way up the depth chart and has found a role as a starter in Kansas City.

Thomas Jones, meanwhile, is a 32-year-old veteran with a long and well-traveled NFL career. Jones was drafted in the first round of the 2000 draft by the Arizona Cardinals, and has since gone on to play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Chicago Bears and New York Jets.

After a trip to the 2008 Pro Bowl as a member of the Jets, Jones’s production slipped, and he found himself without a team this off-season. That all changed when the Chiefs snapped him up and gave him the ball. Now he’s a key figure in one of the NFL’s best rushing attacks.

It’s still too early in the NFL season to say whether the Kansas City Chiefs are the real deal. They’ll have to face the Indianapolis Colts and the Houston Texans in the upcoming weeks, and those games represent their biggest challenges of 2010. However, as long as running backs Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones can keep pounding out big yards on a weekly basis, the Chiefs will be in the hunt in the AFC.  

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Happy is a regular contributor to RosebudMag.com and has written for various other publications, including Black Belt, Inside Hockey, and FoxSports.com. He transitioned to life as a writer following a decade-long career as a touring musician. He lives with his son in Vancouver, British Columbia

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